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Study Finds Social Media Adds to Your Anxiety

Study Finds Social Media Adds to Your Anxiety | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
A poll of almost 300 social media users found more than half agreed Facebook or Twitter had changed their behavior and of those, half said their lives had taken a downward turn.

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Glen Gatin's comment, July 9, 2012 11:36 AM
No link to the study? No question that people need to exercise a little emotional intelligence about social media.
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Social media demographics 2012: 24 sites including Twitter, Facebook, and ... - VentureBeat

Social media demographics 2012: 24 sites including Twitter, Facebook, and ... - VentureBeat | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
VentureBeatSocial media demographics 2012: 24 sites including Twitter, Facebook, and ...VentureBeatPerformance monitoring service Pingdom has done another one of its mammoth social media studies: this one on the demographics of social media sites …...
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7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction: Are You Content Fried!

7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction:  Are You Content Fried! | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
This morning I learned a new word for information overload - content fried from a colleague at the Packard Foundation.    It resonated.
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Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 19, 11:57 AM

I really like the expression 'content-fried' in this article- it is exactly what can happen with too mush exposure to varying media sources! It also goes into the theory of infotention, as discussed in module two, as well as techniques to combat becoming overwhelmed. A very useful article!!!

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Companies See Benefit of Time Away From Mobile Devices

Companies See Benefit of Time Away From Mobile Devices | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Some industries are so highly volatile that people need to be connected all the time, but most of us overexaggerate our own importance
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Jigsha Desai: Curated content can help curb data fatigue

Jigsha Desai: Curated content can help curb data fatigue | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
I suffer from information overload. Every day, I'm inundated with an array of text messages, breaking-news alerts, instant messages, Facebook notifications and email.
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Is Social Media Slowing Down? - San Francisco Chronicle

Is Social Media Slowing Down? - San Francisco Chronicle | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Is Social Media Slowing Down?San Francisco ChronicleEverything is about social media right now, but it may not be quite as new as you think.
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The Perils of Overplanning

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Lifehack contributor Royale Scuderi discuss the dangers when you overplay things.
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The effects of company culture on mental health | Time To Change

The effects of company culture on mental health | Time To Change | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Working for myself, I had control over situations and treated clients and suppliers with respect. If I was becoming a bit down or moody or lonely, it was up to me to do something about it. Take a walk, have a break.
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How to Navigate the Path to Authenticity

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 “But, are you sure who the authentic you is? I’m not. Additionally, I get confused between who I am and who I want to be. Wanting obscures.


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Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

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Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever.
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BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Digital Overload and the Curation Crossroads

BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Digital Overload and the Curation Crossroads | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Do you participate online and do you see yourself as a curator?
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Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 19, 12:07 PM

Though curation is not necessarily synonymous with infotention, the skill to be able to filter through the barrage of online information is obviously a great starting point and will allow for the practice of infotention. With our attention constantly trying to be captured from varying sources, the ability to compartmentalise information is one step closer toward minfulness, and therefore an interesting article to read.

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Stop the Insanity: How To Crush Communication Overload

Stop the Insanity: How To Crush Communication Overload | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Are you constantly playing catch-up with a million different messages? It's time to take back control of our communications. Here's how.
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Follow Hashtags on Twitter to Avoid Information Overload

Follow Hashtags on Twitter to Avoid Information Overload | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
When I had a whopping 2 people I was following on Twitter, reading my Twitter stream was no big deal.  But as I found more and more people to follow, I couldn't keep up.
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It's Time to Go on an Information Diet | Humanizing Technology | Big ...

It's Time to Go on an Information Diet | Humanizing Technology | Big ... | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Yet when it comes to information, we sometimes talk as if our brains were already wired into the Internet, passive victims of a constant feed of random noise. We call it "information overload" and accuse it of sapping our ...
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The Death and Life of Social Media - Huffington Post

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ForbesThe Death and Life of Social MediaHuffington PostThe recent drop in Facebook shares to half their IPO price, coupled with falling prices of Zynga and Groupon stock, have prompted a deluge of articles proclaiming the bursting of the social...
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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

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These are some productivity tips from luminaries like Tony Robbins and Craig Newmark that look at how successful people spend the first hour of their day.  


Two that I think are good habits


Don't check email first thing

Eat the frog - or do the task you're avoiding first


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Study Finds Social Media Adds to Your Anxiety

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A poll of almost 300 social media users found more than half agreed Facebook or Twitter had changed their behavior and of those, half said their lives had taken a downward turn.

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Glen Gatin's comment, July 9, 2012 11:36 AM
No link to the study? No question that people need to exercise a little emotional intelligence about social media.
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Social Media Apps For Couples

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Written by Alex Denham. Saturday, 07 July 2012 10:16. When thinking about social media, it is usually in terms of reaching as many people of possible. However, it seems there's another market niche that deserves attention - that of ...
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What Resilience Says About Your Life Outlook

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Resilience in the face of adversity could be a characteristic of someone who is truly satisfied with his or her life, according to a new study.
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The Fallacy of Information Overload | Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload | Brian Solis | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it

Excerpted from this article by Brian Solis:

 

"Information overload isn’t a new phenomenon by any means. The sensation of being overwhelmed by information has been linked to every media revolution. With every new innovation and the mass adoption of disruptive technology, the volume of information available to us grows exponentially.

 

With media now so pervasive and portable, information, of any focus, is available, on demand, and more importantly, resides in our hands to create and consume at will. We are, for better or for worse, always on. And this is both part of the problem and part of the solution for how we evolve as individuals and as an information society.

 

Social media has gifted us a new democracy. And with it, the ability to connect to people around the world and create, share, and devour knowledge, entrainment, and irrelevant information at will. It’s as intimidating as it is beautiful.

 

There is a very real human cost of social connectivity. But, the symptoms of information overload are only a reflection of our inability or lack of desire to bring order to our chaos. See, we are the engineers of the media levees that prevent overflow.

 

The challenge lies not in the realization that we are empowered to curate our social streams and relationships, but in the consciousness of what is and what could be. Meaning, that we must first understand that how we’re connecting, consuming, and creating today is either part of the problem or part of the solution. We, and only we, are in control of information overload and everything begins with acceptance.

 

Information overload is a real phenomenon, but it is I believe, by design. It either works for us or against us and it is our choice as to which way the stream flows. To be clear, information overload is a symptom of over consumption and the inability to refine online experiences based on interest and importance.

 

Access to information and people is intoxicating. Creating an online portrait of who we are or who we want others to see is equality alluring. But without direction, governance, and discipline, we are at risk of giving ourselves to the very networks we value rather than managing the platforms to our advantage.

Our participation must be inspired by purpose and parameters. No, we are not obligated to connect with everyone who connects with us. We are obligated to maintain balance in who we are, what we value, and equally the value we invest in the communities in which we participate.


As Clay Shirky once observed, “There’s no such thing as information overload — only filter failure.”
My take? “Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important.” It’s a choice.


Perhaps said another way, information overload is a symptom of our inability to focus on what’s truly important or relevant to who we are as individuals, professionals, and as human beings..."

 

Read full interesting article here:
http://www.briansolis.com/2012/05/the-fallacy-of-information-overload/

 


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Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 19, 12:05 PM

This article is very important as it brings up a more fundamental question when examining the information overload we experience in the digital age. It questions whether this overload is a result of lack of curation, or whether it is in fact a choice and as a society we are actively changing the way we seek to experience media.

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Great Leadership: 3 Ways to Improve Your Positive Intelligence (PQ)

Great Leadership: 3 Ways to Improve Your Positive Intelligence (PQ) | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it

Your mind is your best friend, but it is also your worst enemy, involved in self-sabotage. When your mind tells you that you should prepare for tomorrow’s important meeting, it is acting as your friend, causing positive action. When it wakes you up at 3:00 a.m. anxious about the meeting and warning you for the hundredth time about the many consequences of failing, it is acting as your enemy; it is simply exhausting your mental resources without any redeeming value. No friend would do that.


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The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future

The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
After five years pursuing the social-local-mobile dream, we need a fresh paradigm for technology startups.
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Never Allow People Who Suck to Suck the Joy out of Your Day [BLOG] « Positively Positive

Never Allow People Who Suck to Suck the Joy out of Your Day [BLOG]  «  Positively Positive | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Next time you find yourself face to face with a challenging person you can ensure your mood doesn't go downward spiraling by tapping into one - or all - of the following four helpful strategies:...
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The Psychology of Color | AtDotCom Social media

The Psychology of Color | AtDotCom Social media | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
How color can affect your mood, emotion? How advertiser use color to attract you ?
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Is There Such a Thing as Information Overload?

Is There Such a Thing as Information Overload? | Digital Distraction | Scoop.it
Is there such a thing as information overload? Or is it merely our perception? (Is there such a thing as information overload?
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Use the Psychology of Focus to Get More Done

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Beware the Illusion of Multitasking Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like you achieved a lot of things, but when you thought about it before a good night’s sleep, you found you’ve actually achieved nothing?
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Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 19, 12:08 PM

The statement "willpower is a limited resource" stood out to me in this article. Try as we might to resist technological distraction, there is only so much effort we can exude before we give in and sign in to Facebook or check our emails! Although this articles refers generally to multitasking, the same techniques can be adopted when considering online information and infotention. The pursuit of focus in this article can be considered a step towards mindfulness.